Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has spoken out against U.S. air strikes in his country, the lack of respect afforded Pakistan, and the failure of the United States to capture al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Musharraf made the disclosures in an interview on CNN in which he said Pakistan was treated ‘unequally’ by the U.S. in comparison to other countries.
‘Pakistan is being treated so unequally while we are the ones who are in the lead role fighting the global war on terror,’ he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during the program, ‘The Situation Room.’
‘This is what hurts Pakistan. It hurts the leadership. Indeed, it hurts the government. It hurts the people of Pakistan,’ said Musharraf said.
Asked why bin Laden had not been captured, despite reports he was holed up somewhere along the Pakistan-Afghan border, Musharraf responded, ‘I would like to ask the United States why he hasn’t been found. They have their intelligence. There are, you have more intelligence capability. I would like to ask the United States, why Mullah Omar has not been found, who is the leader of all of the Taliban in Afghanistan?’
The former Pakistan leader said he was uncormtable about U.S. air strikes taking place in his country. Two more, reported to have killed eighteen people, occurred overnight, the first under the Obama administration.
‘Nobody in Pakistan is comfortable with the strikes across the border. There is no doubt in that. Public opinion is very much against it,’ he said.
Asked whether he was concerned that the strikes were continuing under President Barack Obama Musharraf said, ‘I have always been saying that policies don’t change with personalities; policies have national interest, and policies depend on an environment.’
‘So the environment and national interest of the United States being the same, I thought policies will remain constant,’ he told Blitzer.
The former president was also critical of the amount of funding his country received from the United States. Pakistan was given $10 billion to aid in its part against the so-called War on Terror. He described the amount as a ‘pittance for a country which is in the lead role to fight terrorism.’
He compared it to the billions spent in Afghanistan and ‘maybe over a trillion dollars’ in Iraq.
‘Please don’t think that this $10 billion was such a great amount that we ought to be eternally grateful while we know that we deserve much more and we should have got much more and we must get much more if we are to fight the global war on terror,’ he said.
Musharraf said that Pakistan was ‘in the lead role fighting a war for you for 10 years, between ‘79 and ‘89,’ a reference to Pakistan’s alliance with the United States and the Afghan mujahedeen rebels during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
He stressed that for 42 years, up until 1989, Pakistan had been a ’strategic partner’ of the United States.
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Afreen Baig is an independent analyst majoring in International Relations and Economics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org